' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: Tim Holtz homage tag

Thursday 6 February 2014

Tim Holtz homage tag

I have had Distress inks for a few years now and have read enough blog posts/seen videos to know enough about Tim Holtz famous techniques but I have never made a tag in his style yet! So the Artful Times and The Artistic Stamper challenges gave me the push I needed.

I used a Doily stencil (Prima) with white acrylic paint and a DIY stencil with light blue paint to create a resist for the subsequent distress ink layers. I applied the inks in Barn Door, Forest moss and Scattered straw, then sprayed water over a chevron stencil and dabbed with a tissue.
My final layer with Walnut stain has been applied around the tag and over a cogs stencil.

Time for stamping... I only have one stamp set by TH so I used that one and stamped different bits of the same stamp all over the card with black Archival.

I don't have any Ideology stuff so I made my own metal embellishment and played with embossing powders! I really need more on the tag to emulate TH's style but I just didn't know what to add...

I am also entering the Pan Pastels UK and the Lisa.B. Designs challenges.

Thanks for coming by,


  1. A wonderful tag and just right for our challenge at Artful Times. So pleased that you joined in with us

    Chrissie xx

  2. Wow, gorgeous tag!! I love the layers of stamping & stencilling. Thank you for joining the Lisa B Designs challenge.

  3. This is absolutely fab, helen, i really love it!

    Lucy x

  4. For a first tag in this style you have made a fabulous job of it.

  5. Just right for the challenge at Artful Times :) you have created a brill background
    Von ♥

  6. Fantastic ombre style background with lots of great things to look at. For your first Tag in this style i think you have nailed it ! My favourite bits are you have made your own stencil and embellishments, love that! :-) xxx

  7. Fabulous tag, great colours, stamping and layering.

    Sylv xx

  8. What a piece of art, C! How very warm and love what you did with that doily stencil too! Your creative BG really makes the sentiment and bow pop!!

  9. Fabulous lots of interest through the layers you've created love it

  10. Il est superbe ce tag!!!! Bravo et bonne chance pour ces challenges Christine. :)

  11. Brilliant tag! Fabulous background with lovely earthy colours. Can't believe it's your first tag! xx

  12. Your tag is fabulous! Thank you for sharing it with us at The Artistic Stamper.
    Alison x